Orlando shooting victim named honorary firefighter

Cory Connell wanted to be a firefighter even after he was warned that the profession wasn't exactly the most lucrative


Associated Press 

ORLANDO, Fla. — An aspiring firefighter who was among those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting was named an honorary one during a service to honor his life.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 21-year-old Cory James Connell got the distinction Saturday from the Orange County Fire Rescue.

Firefighter/paramedic Lori Clay told those at the service that Connell was a regular at the firehouse.

Clay says Connell wanted to be a firefighter even after he was warned that the profession wasn't exactly the most lucrative.

Clay says Connell told her, "I don't care about money. I want to do it because I want to save lives. I want to help people.'"

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs made the proclamation that officially made Connell a firefighter.

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